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DECODING THE BRAIN: UNIVERSAL DECODER
by Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American Mind Special Issue, November/December 2014

Another example of a basic universal decoder is on display through January 4, 2015, at New York City’s Discovery Times Square, where Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibition gives fans the ability to experience an interactive head-up display similar to Iron Man’s. A three-electrode wireless EEG sensor activates the display when a visitor presses his or her forehead against it. The sensor also helps users navigate the display to watch video clips, play games and see their brain waves in real time, although eye-tracking sensors and software also assist with the navigation. The system was built with redundancy to ensure that it worked reliably for the large crowds visiting the exhibit... Read More


BEHIND THE SCENES AT AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.: WHERE THE REAL HEROES WORK FOR IT
by Lance Ulanoff, Mashable on Septebmer 4, 2014

We're standing in an almost too narrow space; tall black walls on one side, bright white with wood and aluminum framing on the other. The ground is snaked with cables and in the distance I hear the Hulk roar. Fighting back rising claustrophobic panic, I ease my way further in to find the magic behind the Avengers, or at least the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N exhibit... Read More


9 NERDY MARVEL FACTS BACKED BY SCIENCE
by Christine Erickson, Mashable on August 23, 2014

There are comic book nerds, and there are science nerds — and there are those so smart across all boards, even Stan Lee is baffled. That spot of academic excellence is reserved for the geniuses who put together the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network), an interactive experience at... Read More


MARVEL COMICS GETS INSIDE THE HEADS OF THE AVENGERS
by Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American on August 21, 2014

The job of creating superheroes has become more complicated in the 50-plus years since Marvel Comics first assembled the Avengersto fight evil. Audiences today still crave fantastical adventures but at the same time demand a greater degree of plausibility. In response Marvel gathered a real-life team of scientists to ensure that its Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibition currently on display in New York City’s Times Square... Read More


GREETINGS, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
by Phil Plait, Slate/Bad Astronomy on August 2, 2014

If you’re reading this, then the blog software has identified you as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and this blog post has been automatically decrypted for you. (FYI, members of the public will see this article being about why Mars is red.) Congratulations on getting this far. Given the current state of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the death of Director Fury... Read More


SCIENTISTS BRING COMIC-CON ATTENDEES INTO THE AVENGERS SCIENCE PROGRAM
by Kyle Hill, Nerdist on July 29, 2014

When astronomer and science communicator Phil Plait took the stage at a packed ballroom during this year’s Comic-Con, he addressed all the attendees as “new recruits.” The audience was a bit perplexed until he revealed that the panel would serve as the scientific training required to become a part of Marvel’s S.T.A.T.I.O.N. network... Read More


SNEAKING INTO THE SCIENCE TRAINING FOR NEW S.H.I.E.L.D. AGENTS
by Mika McKinnon, io9 on July 26, 2014

Today S.H.I.E.L.D. hosted a science training and technical orientation session hidden in plain sight as the Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Superhero Science Analysis panel. Kicking off with an ominous, "Doors secured," the panel was a solid hour of the highest intensity technical geekiery. Arriving under the masquerade of... Read More


AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. SCIENTISTS EXPLAIN THE HULK'S TRANSFORMATION AT COMIC-CON 2014
by Marvel Entertainment on July 26, 2014

The big brains from Avengers S.T.A.T.I.ON. stop by Marvel LIVE! at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 to give us the science behind Hulk's transformation, Hawkeye's perfect accuracy, and how the bifrost... Read More